March 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Auburn added six more All-America honors, bringing its total to 12 on the final night of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center.
Sophomore Jillian Vitarius picked up her second All-America honor of the week, taking eighth in the 200 backstroke championship final with a time of 1:54.78. Vitarius posted a lifetime best with a time of 1:52.83 during Saturday’s prelims which ranks fourth in school history.
Senior Aubrey Peacock won the 200 back’s consolation final in her last individual race of her career for the Tigers, touching the wall first at 1:52.23. The senior’s performance ranks as the third-best time in Auburn history in the event and was a personal best.
“They both had phenomenal swims, especially Aubrey tonight,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “She doesn’t train for that swim, it’s just really a mental swim for her. It’s good to see a great performance like that on the final night. Jill also has a bright future ahead of us and we look forward to what she can do for our team over the next two years.”
The Tigers capped off the night in the 400 freestyle relay with a second-place finish in the consolation final. Auburn’s Haley Krakoski, Allyx Purcell, Peacock and Emily Bos turned in team’s top time this year with a 3:15.26 in the final event of the meet. The Tigers were in sixth heading into the final two legs, but Peacock and Bos swimming their final relay for Auburn, put together a pair of 48.4 splits to push Auburn into second in the B-final, 10th overall.
In the team standings, Auburn jumped up to 14th overall and finished with 62 points. Georgia picked up its second straight NCAA title with 528 points, ahead of Stanford’s 402.5 points. California took third (386), Texas A&M claimed fourth (336) and USC rounded out the top five (252).
“I’m really proud of the way the girls fought, they knew they were fighting for spots in the end,” Hawke said. “It was good to see three seniors on that last relay and I'm very proud of the way they swam.”
Auburn’s men hit the water next week at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. The three-day meet runs Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29.
Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Women’s Championships – Day 3 Finals
March 22, 2014
University Aquatics Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
Team Standings: 1. Georgia 528, 2. Stanford 402.5, 3. California 386, 4. Texas A&M 336, 5. USC 252, 6. Florida 239, 7. Tennessee 223, 8. Arizona 156, 9. Texas 144, 10. Minnesota 136.5, 14. Auburn 62
400 Freestyle Relay
10. Krakoski, Purcell, Fonteno, Bos (3:15.26)
Auburn All-Americans (12)
Emily Bos (3) – 200 FR (HM), 100 back, 400 FR (HM)
Megan Fonteno (1) – 200 FR (HM)
Haley Krakoski (1) – 400 FR (HM)
Aubrey Peacock (3) – 200 FR (HM), 200 back (HM), 400 FR (HM)
Allyx Purcell (2) – 200 FR (HM), 400 FR (HM)
Jillian Vitarius (2) – 100 back (HM), 200 back
- Aubrey Peacock’s time of 1:52.23 ranks as the third-best time in school history and is a lifetime best. Only Olympians Kirsty Coventry (1:50.54) and Margaret Hoelzer (1:52.14) have faster times in the 200 back.
- Peacock is just one of four Tigers to break the sub-1:53 mark in the 200 back, along with Jillian Vitarius.
- Jillian Vitarius set a personal best with a 1:52.83 in Saturday morning’s prelims. The sophomore’s time ranks as the fourth-best swim in the Auburn record books.